Donald Sterling Willing To Spend
In the wake of their three-team deal with the Cavaliers and Wizards on Wednesday, the Clippers have created a significant amount of cap space this summer.
At the end of the season only Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan will still be under contract.
Their payroll will be less than $35 million, giving them great flexibility heading into a hyped free-agent market.
"Overall, the major consideration was to put ourselves in a position to hit a home run," Clippers general manager Mike Dunleavy said.
Dunleavy was asked by the Los Angeles Times how confident he was in owner Donald Sterling's willingness to spend money on a max contract.
"I'd stake my life on it," replied Dunleavy.
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he seems pretty confident, and dunleavy and him are pretty close so I'll take his word for it. remember, they almost got kobe to come. if they came close to kobe, a guy like joe johnson or rudy gay should be obtainable.
sterling has been spending money for about 5 years now. The clippers have the money to get one max guy, but who? I don't see anyway wade or lebron go there. Joe Johnson i see staying in atlanta. And if the clipps spend big money on a pf like bosh/boozer/ amare, would that hurt the development of Griffin?
Blake is still young. Everyone says he's ready to put up 18 and 10 within a season or two, and I agree. However, he's going to shoot lower percentages and commit more turnovers than people think. If Blake is left alone in the post to develop, I think there's a chance he becomes Zach Randolph (if he lost some weight). That's not necessarily a good thing as I can see Blake becoming a black hole on offense. That being said, If the Clips get Bosh/ Amare/ Boozer, it'll teach Griffin how to play within the offense and still be effective. I don't think signing any of the above mentioned hurts Griffin's development. Sure, it might make his stats deflated, but he will be learning from the best, day in, day out in practice.
if you throw a max or close to it type deal at amare/bosh/boozer, then you have little reason to believe griffin will be starting any time soon. Yeah he might learn from them, but what difference does it make if the guy ahead of him is a young all-star with a 5 year contract? They may as well tell griffin he is a career back up as long as he is a clipper and needs to go elsewhere if he wants to start.
Can't Griffin play the 3?
I'm pretty sure in today's NBA game, as long as you have 2 BIGs playing in the post, you're fine. Fewer and fewer teams have good "true: centers anymore. Given Griffin/ Amar'e/ Boozer/ and even Bosh's strength, any of them could be a decent plug to defend "true" centers for like half the game. That being said, I totally can see Bosh and Griffin playing on the court at the same time for extended periods.
I mean, if TJ ford and Earl Watson can play for entire quarters together with their massive size deficiency, so can Griffin and Bosh/ Amar'e/ Boozer for half the game.
ya but only for a few minutes a game for matchups cuz if he started there they would not taking full advantage of him. amare = no chance of coming to the clippers. he refused to get picked by them in the draft. also, bosh i think could play some center. baron is good friends with bosh so maybe he can recruit him. imagine:
sg: gordon (21)
sf: outlaw (25)
pf: griffin (20), jordan (21)
c: bosh (25), kaman (27)
I'm pretty sure that if the Clips get Bosh, there's NO WAY they don't move some pieces around. Bosh is a Franchise player, you have to build your roster around him, not the other way around. First of all, there's no way Bosh plays less than 35 minutes a game for the clippers, and if Kaman doesn't play around 30, plenty of teams are willing to trade for him so that he does. If the Clips get Bosh, then Kaman or DeAndre Jordan or both are gone. Rosters change rapidly, and if the Clips get Bosh, they'd be wise to build their roster around HIM
agreed. If you get bosh, then both griffin and kaman are after thoughts
chances are low they will get any of those guys.. you forget we are still talking about the CLIPPERS. players never talk about going there. they talk about chi,nets,knicks,miami. never the clippers. they are the black hole of the nba. thats where u go if you wanna get lost
first of all, the numbers i put were ages... second, griffin will be just as good as bosh imo. everyone is forgetting how good griffin is. u can build around two guys. sure kobe and shaq didn't last, but they were built around. im not comparing them, im saying they are an example of two players being built around. bosh and griffin could coexist because they have much lesser egos then shaq and kobe. to think griffin is an after thought is a joke. kaman would be traded, but im not going to add a hypothetical trade to that hypothetical scenario.
ya everyone wants to join the nets...
The Clippers have $100 million to give a player and you think the chances are low that they land any one of those guys lol?
then again there are more teams with 100 million to offer than max players and the knicks might just get 2...
not saying everyone wants to but who ever talks about joining the clippers? players or reporters
maybe afterthought was the wrong term. BUt griffin is no gaurantee of anything. If you can get a proven all-star, you do it without worrying about how it impacts griffin. Blake would still be able to play and be a part of the future. But you can't pass on young proven talnet in hopes of griffin "maybe" becoming an all-star. It's like when everyone was comparing tyson chandler to KG coming out of highschool and the bulls traded Brand who was a PROVEN 20-10 guy for the possibilty that tyson would be great.
thats true even though hes very talented and chances are good he will become very good, its not a given and anything can happen including constant injuries